Marvin Ward Rockman, Jr., 85

Born Thursday, June 11, 1936

Died Monday, June 6, 2022

Marvin Ward Rockman, Jr., 85, of Tahlequah, Oklahoma, only son of Marvin Sr. and Lillian (Yarlott) Rockman was born in Crow Agency, Montana on June 11, 1936. They adored their only son and set very high expectations for him.
Their family lived in Montana for a short while, and Muskogee, before returning to Heavener, Oklahoma where he spent his childhood years. They then moved to Poteau, Oklahoma for him to attend high school.
Marvin excelled in everything he did, he was very versatile as a young person. He was a horse jockey, fought forest fires, and competed in rodeos. He was definitely a unique and amazing person. Everyone that knows him has a story to tell.
He attended high school in Poteau, Oklahoma where he met the love of his life, Barbara, through her brother and his best friend, Roland Butler.
They married after high school, and had three children: Roxanne, Rozlyn and Marvin.
Marvin Rockman was in the first group inducted into the Poteau Hall of Fame for three sports - football, basketball and baseball in high school in 1953-1955. He starred in all three equally well. He was all-conference in football, and all-state honorable mention in all three sports.
His senior year in basketball, he scored 51 points in a single game. Rockman went on to play professional baseball for several years, before joining OG&E in 1963 until his retirement in 1994.
After retirement, he spent all his time with Barbara traveling, camping and fishing at Lake Tenkiller. They had nine grandchildren and at this date have nine great grandchildren.
Marvin is lovingly survived by his son, Marvin Ward Rockman, III and his wife, Lorrie; daughters, Roxanne Keese, and Rozlyn Bradley; grandchildren, Michael Keese and wife Autumn, Aubrey Rockman, Courtney Keese, Ryan Keese, Jared Rockman and wife, Mellisa, Russ Bradley and wife, Cassidy, Stephen Keese and wife, McKinzey, Morgan Rockman and Shan Bradley; great-grandchildren, Alena, Chase, Lillian, Conner and Cade Keese, Mihaela Rockman, Noah and Truman Bradley, Carter Keese and many friends
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Barbara Helen Rockman; and his precious granddaughter, Courtney Erin Keese.
A viewing will be from 2PM-7PM Thursday, June 9, 2022 at Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home, Fort Gibson, Oklahoma
A celebration of life will be 11:00AM Wednesday, June 22, 2022 at Fort Gibson Church of Christ with Minister Dan Rouse officiating.
The family of Marvin Ward Rockman, Jr., has entrusted his care, services and burial to Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home, Fort Gibson. 918-478-2555. Online condolences may be left for the family at

Clifford D. Garrett Family Funeral Home